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Jason Allen Reeves

U.S. Army SSG. Jason Allen Reeves U.S. Army SSG. Jason Allen Reeves, 32 died December 5, 2010. He was killed in action in Afghanistan. Jason was born June 9, 1978 in Lubbock, Texas to David and Ruthie Reeves, who now reside in Apple Valley, CA. Stacy Reeves Roeber is his sister and his friend; they cared very much for each other and had a strong relationship. Jasons "home of record" changed throughout his life due to his fathers 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force and Jasons career in the U.S. Army. Jasons first 4 years of life were in Lubbock, TX. From age 5 to 12 he lived in Okinawa, Japan. He lived in Peoria, AZ, from age 13 to 19 years. He spent his 20th year of life in Odessa, TX. He was also stationed at Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Hunter Army Airfield, Fort Irwin, Fort Huachuca, Camp Hovey in Korea, Fort Hood, Iraq, Germany and Afghanistan. Along the way, he made so many special friends all over the world. Moses and Troy have been a part of his life since Jason was 12-years-old. They were known as the three amigos. From all of the phone calls, e-mails, letters, cards, Twitter and Facebook messages we have received, we know his friends were innumerable. We are not able to list all of Jasons friends, but everyone who knew him, knows that you became Jasons friend within minutes of meeting him. Jason attended all of his Elementary school years at Okinawa, Japan, Junior High at Sun Valley in Peoria, AZ and Peoria High School. He received an Associates Degree in Applied Science - Intelligence Operations with High Hon- ors. Jason had completed more than half of the required credits toward his Bachelors Degree. Jason was Math-Science Student of the Year for Maricopa County (AZ) when he graduated from Junior High at Sun Valley. His achievements and decorations in the military include: Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC), Parachute Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver - Wheeled Vehicles and Basic Marksman Qualification Badge. Jason worked as a cook in various restaurants until he made the decision that he needed focus in his life. He went to Odessa, Texas to work in his grandfather and uncles cabinet shop. Soon after, he chose a career in the U.S. Army. Jason loved sky diving, scuba diving and seeing the world. Whenever he was overseas he made sure that he visited local places and learned about what each country had to offer. He always commented that he was surprised more people did not get out seeing the amazing places around the world. Jason always had a smile on his face and had a unique ability to find humor in almost anything in life. He loved to make funny remarks and get people to laugh. But he loved a good debate and often pushed until he persuaded you to change your mind, or you proved your own point. Jason was an adventurous little boy and grew into an adventurous young man. His favorite past times as a little boy were playing with his He-Man collection, Lego's and climbing trees. Jason is survived by his parents David and Ruthie Reeves of Apple Valley, CA. His sister Stacy Reeves Roeber and brother-in-law Randall. His nieces, Alexis and Tatum and nephew, Revin. His grandparents Charles and Dolores Reeves of Sun City West, AZ and Earl and Waunell Moize of Odessa, TX. Four Uncles - Mark, Dennis, Kevan and Warren. Three Aunts - DeeLana, Pam and Ligaya. Cousins - Kristan, Nathan and Devan. His closest friends are Moses, Hollie and Troy not to mention his ex-tended Army family. Jason is preceded in death by his Uncle Greg Reeves in 2007. Services for Jason will be at 10 a.m., December 18, 2010 at Sun City West Christian Church at 20803 North 151st Avenue, Sun City West, Arizona. Pallbearers and Honor Guard will be from The Arizona National Guard. There will be a time between services and graveside to memorialize Jason. After visitation a procession to National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona will be escorted by a contingent of the Arizona Patriot Guard. For additional information, please call 760-217-3581 or 760-217-2300. In lieu of flowers Jasons family is requesting donations to the American Gold Star Mothers or the USO. "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 16, 2010
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